I was recently contacted by one of my listing partners, and asked for a short interview, you can see the results below - I hope it give you a bit of an insight into my me and my approach to the business. The original text can be found at the Cylex listing site:
A D Hall Photography is a small company dedicated to helping you capture memories that will last a lifetime. Alan offers wedding photography services, along with portraits, engagement shoots, concert and event photography. We asked him a few other questions to get a better understanding on what he does.
Cylex 1. What represents you as a photographer?
A D Hall Photography: That is a very good question! At the very basic level, I'm a husband and Dad, which I hope helps me connect with my clients as I've 'been there, done that' myself! Helping people capture their special day or event also brings me a great deal of satisfaction. The other side of what I do, the landscapes etc, lets me explore the more artistic side of photography, which I can then fold back into the weddings and portraits.
Cylex 2. What sort of equipment do you use?
A D Hall Photography: I currently use professional Nikon DLSR cameras, with a variety of Nikon and Sigma lenses, and Nikon Flashes. Aside from the camera equipment, I also use a portable studio setup.
Cylex 3. Do you shoot with an assistant?
A D Hall Photography: I don't have an assistant, but as the business grows I may consider it for larger jobs.
Cylex 4. Do you shoot in RAW? What about the the vintage look?
A D Hall Photography: I do shoot in RAW - I find this gives me much more detail in the images, and allows more creative freedom once the image is in the computer. It also helps to achieve whatever 'look' the clients want; there is currently a trend for the Instagram-style colours, but I can deliver whatever style the client decides upon.
Cylex 5. Do you offer albums? What’s the average cost?
A D Hall Photography: As part of my Wedding package, I offer an A4-sized hardback photobook - I personally prefer these to the traditional wedding albums, as they look great and are actually likely to be pulled down from a shelf and looked at! Additional books can then be ordered - depending in the number of pages, these cost around £35 - £45. I can, through my print partners, offer the larger wedding albums, along with mini-photo books. The range is so diverse (number of pages, finish etc) that pricing is incredibly varied. I talk to my clients and then price up exactly what they want.
Cylex 6. Will you post the photographs online on your web pages?
A D Hall Photography: Aside from using images on my site for advertising / demonstrating my skills, I upload all the clients pictures to a password-protected gallery for them to view, or to share with friends and relatives. The images are then available for purchase as prints or downloads directly from the site. (Wedding and portrait clients get all the images on DVD or USB stick so are free to order prints themselves.)
Cylex 7. What’s your favorite subject for your photography?
A D Hall Photography: Weddings are great fun, but can also be quite hectic and stressful, so I do also enjoy the slower pace of long-exposure landscapes from time to time!